Exercise #984: Craft
Today, let's play with characterization.
How we describe our characters, what they do, how they “talk” and sometimes even where they are all help the reader determine a lot about the characters. It helps the reader relate, or sympathize or even loathe them.
For today's exercise, take one of these and write a scene around it, first with the intention of one type of character and then again with the intention of another. Only the basic information here should not change between the two pieces (not that everything else HAS to change, just keep these the same).
* A teenager in a pet store.
* A businessman in a bank.
* One spouse prepares a family meal.
* A soccer mom gets stuck in traffic.
* (Extra challenge) A couple plan their vacation.
Your piece should be a very good look into the main character, but should not be a full story.
You may also write a brief summary showing us what you learned, if you like.
Critiquers, along with the usual grammar, spelling, etc, review, consider these questions:
* Was the characterization complete? Would you have added or removed anything?
* Was this helpful to you as a writer? Why or why not?
Word limit: 750 each for the characterization pieces, 200 for summary
Please use the subject line
SUB: Exercise #984/yourname